ASC391 Veterinary Anaesthesia and Surgery Nursing (8)

The subject extends the student's knowledge and skills in veterinary nursing in the field of anaesthesia and surgery. Students will study anaesthesia in detail to ensure a comprehensive knowledge as preparation for the practice of surgical nursing. Successful completion of this subject enables students to perform: specific pre-operative procedures; provide high level intra-operative support to the surgeon; apply and monitor anaesthesia; respond to anaesthetic emergencies; develop and maintain fluid plans and provide diagnostic support relating to specific and complex surgical procedures; prepare theatre for surgery and manage theatre staff and theatre procedures; prepare and manage the theatre environment and personnel to deliver the highest standard of surgical care. This subject includes 10 days of workplace learning in an approved veterinary surgery. It is suggested that students seek a practice that offers a surgical referral service for complex surgical procedures.




* Offering has a residential school. Please view following information for further details.

Session 1 (30)
On Campus
Wagga Wagga Campus
Online *
Wagga Wagga Campus

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: ASC391. Where differences exist between the Handbook and the SAL, the SAL should be taken as containing the correct subject offering details.

Subject Information

Grading System



One session


School of Animal and Veterinary Sciences

Enrolment Restrictions

Restricted to students enrolled in the Bachelor of Veterinary Technology



Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to maintain surgical equipment using effective aseptic technique;
  • be able to admit a patient for routine surgeries, by anticipating patient needs prior to surgery and advising the client accordingly;
  • be able to prepare the theatre, surgical equipment and patient for anaesthesia and surgery;
  • be able to monitor patient condition, vital signs and anaesthetic response and relate these to patient parameters;
  • be able to provide support to the surgeon, for a range of surgical and ancillary procedures; and
  • be able to provide post-operative support to the patient and comprehensively advise the client on home management.


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • Module 1: analgesia and anaesthesia;
  • Module 2: theatre practice; instrumentation and aseptic technique; legislation; technical support for surgical procedures including dentistry; and
  • Module 3: post-operative management: nutritional support; fluid therapy; rehabilitation and physical therapy; pain management; the recumbent patient and home care.

Indicative Assessment

The following table summarises the assessment tasks for the online offering of ASC391 in Session 1 2020. Please note this is a guide only. Assessment tasks are regularly updated and can also differ to suit the mode of study (online or on campus).

Item Number
Value %
Practical examination
Anaesthetic case report
Final exam

Workplace Learning

This subject contains a 10 days Compulsory Workplace Learning component.

The 10 days of workplace learning is to be undertaken in a veterinary surgery and involves the student gaining practical skills associated with the nursing of anaesthetised and surgical (animal) patients.

Residential School

This subject contains a 3 day Compulsory Residential School.

The purpose of  the residential school is to ensure students have the surgery and anaesthesia competencies that veterinary technologists are expected to have (based on industry needs). The program will include tutorials and practical classes associated with the following: aseptic technique; anaesthesia considerations for different disease states; physical therapy; instrumentation; sutures; pain management; and monitoring the patient.

Special Resources

Students will be required to undertake 10 days of workplace learning (in a veterinary clinic which could include 5 days in a specialist practice) for which they will be responsible for their own travel and accommodation. Additional travel and accommodation may be needed to attend a compulsory 3 day residential school conducted on campus CSUs Wagga Wagga campus.

The information contained in the CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: May 2021. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.